Spring has finally sprung after a very long winter. The renewal of the season is ushered in by the return of migratory birds to our region and their bright colors and varied songs. This spectacle is part of the world's great diversity of birds we can all enjoy locally.
That's the timeless lesson Americans learned when Theodore Roosevelt established America's first refuge on Pelican Island 109 years ago -- and one that we must diligently remind our elected political leaders of today.
The wind industry is now facing yet another big challenge: increasing resistance from environmental groups who are concerned about the effect that unrestrained construction of wind turbines is having on birds and bats.
A current action is about protecting one of the world's most important nesting grounds for migratory birds -- the Peace-Athabasca Delta in Canada. The Delta is downstream from the world's largest industrial project -- Alberta's tar sands oil mines.